Derek Williams just called - he had a juvenile Long Tailed Skua over the pools on Downholland Moss at 9.25am this morning!
Derek watched the bird at ranges down to 15 yards as it came in over the water with two BHGs, flew over the road and headed off towards the coast - not bad for your first inland skua!
Plenty of plumage detail at that range, and flight nicely light and buoyant.
You never know, it might be cruising around a sheltered bay along the coast now - the Mersey rivermouth or Hightown estuary maybe??? Remember the one that hung around for a few weeks off Crosby a year or two back?
Nice one Derek....more of his recent Downholland Moss records follow:
Fem and juv Marsh Harrier
1 Common Tern
Juv and female/juv Marsh Harrier
Juv Marsh Harrier